Reviews for Der Erlkönig
Guest chapter 2 . 12/7/2013
Beautiful!
Cretha Loesing chapter 2 . 11/16/2012
How sad...
poor man, he tried- he t-tried...
Fortune Zyne chapter 2 . 5/29/2012
This is so sad and beautiful...
Techgardist chapter 1 . 1/7/2006
Wow nice story

never before have I seen German myths woven so well with

Tolkiens stories (or others, just for that matter).

About the thing with the Erlkönig King of the Elves,

well Erlen (a tree) are mostly found in Germans high moors such as the Heide or parts of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) wich in german mythology were always haunted by the dead and evil spirits who would drag

unwary people to theit doom in the coold moores,

so King of the Dead/Ghosts would be a fitting description.
CitizenNancy chapter 2 . 11/16/2005
that was good but sad
Bluebonnet Clover chapter 2 . 9/28/2004
A haunting, heartbreaking picture.

Thank you again, Rose. May God continue to bless your writing.

(Now I must go hug my own little ones and their little ones.)
Bluebonnet Clover chapter 1 . 9/28/2004
This is indeed darker than others of your stories, yet it’s an amazing weaving of Germanic legend with Tolkien’s legendarium. We who love the Professor’s works do wonder whatever happened to his Elves and other peoples and whether he left any to dwell in our modern world. Thank you for including the translation; it helped tremendously.

Goethe’s poem is haunting enough as it is: poor, desperate daddy and son. But you’ve given it an entirely new dimension by weaving it with your speculation about the fate of the great Thranduil. You have made the fading of the Elves both more understandable and more heartbreaking.

You’ve also given me conflicting hopes: that these good Elves may find the Straight Road and that maybe there are some left whom we may meet someday.

Another breathtaking fanfic. Thank you, thank you. May the stars continue to shine on your quill pen.
Cyblade Silver chapter 1 . 12/13/2003
That was really sad. I liked it.
bratprincess chapter 2 . 12/4/2003
wow, that was just so wow. I'm so going to have to sit and ponder and try and come up with a better review in time.
But still wow, well done. Amazing.
Skybright Daye chapter 2 . 4/28/2003
Oh. My. Goodness.

This was . . . English doesn't have proper words for what this was. Chilling, fantastic, tragic, moving, beautiful, sad, achingly *true* - those come close. I'm currently trying to make up a new word which encompasses all of the above - and wondering why it is I haven't read this before now.

I've read this poem (or at least, an English translation) before - and it's always given me shivers. But using it in this way - linking it to the faded Elves who lingered on in Middle-Earth - that gave me even *bigger* shivers.

Fantastic, sad, and wonderful . . . poor Thranduil . . .

Well! Reading this has made my day a little more satisfying - thank you, my friend!

-Skybright
Dragon-of-the-north chapter 2 . 3/21/2003
My goodness, what an idea... But very well done! I liked the combination of Goethe and Tolkien (though I pity poor Thranduil being perceived as the very bad Erlkönig).

To the translation of "Erlkönig" (the subject being touched by The Evil Old Woman) - it really means something like "Elvenking", "erl-" deriving from "ellerkonge" (Danish for elvenking, as Goethe used an old Danish poem translated by Herder as a source), but it fits Thranduil, king of the _wood_elves, exceedingly well - for "Erle" also is the name of a tree ("alder" in English) in German... Great job! :-)
DraztiK chapter 1 . 3/7/2003
perhaps not a happy end, but a cool fic none the less
Kazaera chapter 1 . 11/2/2002
Ouch.

As soon as I read that title, I thought... "This is going to be one of the darkest fanfics I've ever read." And I was right.

This is good, this is very good... poor Thranduil, poor child...

To The Evil Old Woman, "Erlkönig" turned out to be a mistranslation on Goethes part. The real name was something different (Albenkönig, Elfkönig, Elfenkönig... I don't remember) which means "elf king". So the fic is fitting in more ways than one...

As said before, I like this very much... so horribly tragic... *sniff*
fliewatuet chapter 1 . 10/14/2002
Nice idea, Thranduil becoming Goethe's Erlkönig, and longing to meet his own son at the sight of father and son. Maybe I should keep looking for Elves in the forests ;) Just one last remark: the Black Forest does not lie in Bavaria (but in Baden-Württemberg, that is the western part of southern Germany, Bavaria lies in the estern part). Sorry, I just could not resist ...
Mouse chapter 2 . 10/11/2002
Ooh ... I've got shivers.

I read the poem first, not being familiar with it, and it actually frightened me. 'Is *this* what Thranduil became left alone on Middle-Earth?' I wondered- but even while it disturbed me, in a strange way I loved the idea.

Then I read your story, and things were cleared up. Excellently written angst while still somehow keeping Thranduil's dignity and character. I felt entirely sympathetic with his anguish at being misunderstood.

And yet I wonder ... maybe what the child saw was not so wrong?

Who can really know when it's Thranduil telling the story?

An extremely haunting and beautiful piece.
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